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posted by martyb on Monday June 19 2017, @11:47AM   Printer-friendly
from the considering-the-other-side dept.

AlterNet reports

A federal judge ruled [June 14] that the Trump administration must conduct additional environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline, handing a limited victory to Native American tribes fighting the administration's decision to move forward with the project.

In an extensive opinion,[PDF][1] Washington, DC District Court Judge James Boasberg sided with the tribes by agreeing the Army Corps of Engineers "did not consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, human rights, or environmental justice."

[...] Boasberg did not order a shutdown of operations on the pipeline, which began pumping oil early this month. The tribes and pipeline owner Energy Transfer Partners are ordered to appear in court next week to decide next legal steps, and the tribes are expected to argue for a full shutdown of pipeline operations.

[1] Link in article redirects.

Previous coverage:
Dakota Access Pipeline Suffers Oil Leak Even Before Becoming Operational
Recent News Dispatches From Standing Rock (DAPL)
Army Corp of Engineers Now Accepting Public Comment on the Dakota Access Pipeline
Army Corps of Engineers Blocks the Dakota Access Pipeline
Standing Rock Protester May Lose Her Arm Because of Police Grenades
Water Cannons Used in Sub-Freezing Temperatures at Dakota Access Oil Pipeline Protest
Standing Rock Protestors Gassed and Attacked; Bundy Gang Acquitted [Updated]
Journalist Charged in North Dakota with Rioting; Case is Dismissed


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  • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 19 2017, @03:31PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 19 2017, @03:31PM (#527960)

    The world energy group found that rail actually is a little better when it comes to less spilled oil.

    You corporate apologists needbetter material and better than a few anecdotes.

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  • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Monday June 19 2017, @06:09PM (3 children)

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Monday June 19 2017, @06:09PM (#528065) Journal

    You don't even know the name of the organization you are "citing" yet you accuse others of anecdotes.

    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Monday June 19 2017, @09:40PM

      by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 19 2017, @09:40PM (#528168) Journal

      Yeah, you know the world energy group: headed by Barnacle P. Whutzaburgerbun, with his deputies Barney Fife, and Barney the big purple dinosaurorwhateverhisnameis.

      Yeah, you know them... you've just forgotten. Easy to do.

      :)

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    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Monday June 19 2017, @09:45PM

      by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 19 2017, @09:45PM (#528169) Journal

      We've always been at war with world energy group: it's group world energy that are our allies.

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    • (Score: 2) by WalksOnDirt on Tuesday June 20 2017, @03:28AM

      by WalksOnDirt (5854) on Tuesday June 20 2017, @03:28AM (#528319) Journal

      The "world energy group" mentioned probably refers to the International Energy Agency rather than the World Energy Group (yes, it exists). Think Progress [thinkprogress.org] links to one of their reports that claims that while oil trains spill more often, pipelines spill more. Oddly, Forbes and Fortune only tout the number of spills, not their size.

  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Friday June 23 2017, @01:02AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Friday June 23 2017, @01:02AM (#529737) Journal

    The world energy group found that rail actually is a little better when it comes to less spilled oil.

    A huge problem here is that the comparison is biased. Tanker rail cars are taken off the tracks after about 20 years, by law. But about half the US's oil pipelines are fifty or more years old. So when comparing spilled oil rates, we're comparing fairly new rail cars to a high portion of ancient pipelines which are naturally going to leak a lot more than a modern one. Now, that may also be an argument for replacing pipelines with more modern ones, but that's not the argument being made.